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I was recently asked by a bloke on the internet “what is a pro-woman fairy tale?” The term “pro-woman” really came from a reluctance on my part to ​​use the word “feminist” to describe my work in an open forum; this stemmed from experience of how very off-putting using the F word to describe anything can be for many people, particularly on the internet. In any event, and perhaps predictably, this man saw straight through my sugar-coating of the feminism thing, and his question turned out to be the preamble to a really spectacular explanation for me of what fairy and folk tales should be like, where they originated, what they were for, and how they should be written. He very helpfully offered

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